Chadburne Steel is run by two brothers, old men.
They each have different plans for their sons. Curtis (Holmes Herbert) has put Ronald (William Blakewell) through college in style, and gives him a cushy executive job at the plant.
John (Walter Walker) has a more twisted plan. He has given his son away at birth to a machinist and his wife.
Phillip (Charles Starrett) has worked his way through college tending the furnace and doing rich kids laundry.
Upon graduation, he puts Phillip in the lowest paying job possible , with the plan of promoting him to the executive branch in one year.
Both plans are terribly flawed and lead to an industrial accident and a general strike by the steelworkers.
October 16, 2011 Subject:
This movie isn't the best in the archives. The picture is fuzzy but the sound is just fine.
This is a story of class warefare. The rich steel mill owners cut salaries and make their men work 6 days a week while cutting their pay constantly. Just like the industrialists of today.
The kicker is that the young man who is a recent college grad is working in the mill at a job he hates. His college chum (who is actually his cousin) he graduated with s given a job as an executive by his father but would rather be working as a mechanic. The other guy is the sone of the other brother who actually runs the mill.
This should be one of the "must see" movies. What happened in 1937 is just like today. The rich keep getting richer while abusing the working class and keeping their wages low while giving them more and more to do.